Is Manual Testing Dead?

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Manual testing is the process of finding defects in a product or application when the tester checks the operation of all components of the program as if he/she were a user. It has been considered as one of the traditional technology practices where the tester often uses predefined testing plan, which indicates the most important aspects of the application for the achievement of the highest accuracy. Highly successful products hold a strict testing methodology to identify a maximum number of bugs using rigorous manual testing practices.

Automated testing has become more and more popular in recent years, and this looks like automated testing is dominating manual testing trade. As an ambitious future centric testing community, we will always be curious to know whether manual testing is dead and QA automation holds the future of the testing community.


Manual Tester’s Perspective:

Manual Testing is the first thing Organizations do to gain information they need from the system/application developed. Manual Testing is the starting point for any testing related initiatives. The more companies build the software, the more they need Manual Testing.  Manual Testing will never die as it’s the first gate to software quality. Testing may transform into several new facets and techniques, but it will prevail for a very long time. Though industry trends point towards automated testing, it doesn’t make sense for short projects, because the expenses are too high. Now, testing geeks claim 100% automation cannot be done but may be in a decade or two manual testing will be taken over by machine learnings and automation testing. But, test designing cannot be automated. Simple reason – “If you do the same thing the same way and the same number of times, it will stop finding issues.”

  • Is the world ending? No one knows. There are many prophecies.
  • Does coding happen by itself? No, it’s programmed by a human.
  • Does a self-driving car drive itself? Yes indeed, but it’s configured and tested by people.

So, don’t worry, manual testing will never be dead!

Automation Tester’s Perspective:

  • Does Google do manual testing?
  • Is there any value for android manual testing?
  • Will bigger organizations hire laterals for manual testing?
  • Automation testing cannot be done before manual testing. Why is that all job openings are for Automation and hardly for Manual?

There’s a need for both manual and automated testing. But we should agree that the job market out there expects most testers to be able to do both these days.

The trend of test automation is changing exponentially, and selenium is one that is growing along. In the current trend, the clients are not ready to wait n number of cycles to get the return on their investment. And again, the most important fact is that, even as an automation test engineer, he/she should have enough domain knowledge on whatever application they are automating. Gone are those days of doing automation by just seeing the test steps. Automation engineers design sophisticated test frameworks and are skilled software developers. They automate, maintain, and run test-cases.

These roles are bound to evolve with frequent changes in the software landscape. As more enterprises increase automation rates, fewer test cases will be left for testers to run manually. As more manual testers learn to automate their tests, automation engineers will find that the focus of their work changes as well.

Manual testers and automation engineers will see their job descriptions changing and as a result, become more valuable to their respective companies more than ever before.

Chief Technology Officer’s Perspective: Should development and testing become one?

Many testers are nervous about their jobs because they don’t know how to code or script. Automated software testing — an essential part of agile software development — could quickly put these non-programming testers out of a job. We’ve seen some companies that have eliminated software testing altogether because they’ve moved to Agile.

So, is the answer turn testers into junior developers? A lot of technology experts started believing in the concept…

Conclusion:  Creating software is a different technique than the critique that testers bring. Do testers need to get more techie? Yes, they do. But they don’t have to become full on programmers. Testers need to up their skills and should be more aware of how development works how code functions, and know how the business functions to make money. Yes, they need better technical competence, but that’s only one out of several areas where they need to improve.”

Expedux’s Perspective

Are you worried about phasing out manual testers and hiring Test Automation specialists at a higher cost for Selenium? Do you want to implement test automation strategy with manual testers itself? Are you exploring the options to implement test automation strategy using script less automation strategy?

Selenium Accelerator is a Selenium based product that precisely addresses the questions as mentioned above:

– Your manual tester can execute selenium test scripts without programming skills or tool knowledge

– The test case will be converted automatically into a test automation script within few seconds

– You can implement Selenium based test automation strategy within minutes across all the platforms such as Mobile, Web, and Cloud.